Thu, Jul 23, 2009
The Straits Times
US advisor gets NTU honours

By Leow Si Wan

THE education advisor to US president Barack Obama during his presidential campaign, Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, received an honorary doctorate degree in education from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Thursday morning.

Addressing reporters after the first NTU convocation ceremony this year, Prof Darling-Hammond praised Singapore's education system for its tremendous investment in the quality of its teaching force and its efforts to develop a spirit of creativity and inquiry in its students.

The leading teacher education expert also lauded Singapore's efforts to achieve equitable distribution of resources to its schools, an area which the United States could learn from to make 'quality the norm and not the exception' in its education system.

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